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Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

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Dedicated Mental Health Facility Opens for Naval Surface Force in San Diego

Article Around MHS
10/12/2022
Military medical personnel at ceremony

The Embedded Mental Health building is the new mental health facility for Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) operational Sailors, with an overarching goal to give active-duty personnel fast and quality access to mental health care, provide consultation to triads, and training for medical personnel and crews.

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U.S. Army's Regional Health Command-Europe Redesignates to Medical Readiness Command

Article Around MHS
10/11/2022
Military personnel at color ceremony

The U.S. Army is modernizing medical care to provide sustained expeditionary, and tailored medical forces to support the Army against any adversary in joint, multi-domain, high-intensity battlefields of the future and through the next pandemic.

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Health Readiness & Combat Support

USNS Mercy Completes 17th Annual Pacific Partnership Mission

Article Around MHS
10/11/2022
USNS Mercy returning to port

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) returned to its homeport on Sept. 30 following completion of the 17th annual Pacific Partnership mission. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

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Coast Guard Will Begin New Physician Training to Help Staff Clinics

Article Around MHS
10/7/2022
https://www.mycg.uscg.mil/News/Article/3172594/coast-guard-will-begin-new-physician-training-to-help-staff-clinics/ on the USCG website

The Coast Guard will begin training its own physicians to help fill vacancies in medical staff amidst a nationwide shortage of health care professionals.

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Training Marines as Combat Life Savers

Article Around MHS
10/7/2022
Military medical personnel practice lifesaving procedures

U.S. Navy Corpsman from Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG), I Marine Expeditionary Force, hosted the second iteration of Marines training on life saving fundamentals and casualty care.

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Getting Back to the Fight

Article Around MHS
10/6/2022
Military personnel working out

Training for America’s next battles will always involve risk. Creating an environment that simulates the many elements of warfare is an ever-changing obstacle, but the Marine Corps has always adapted to these obstacles.

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Physical Fitness | Injury Prevention

CHCS Hospital Information System Ends its Life at Madigan

Article Around MHS
10/5/2022
Col. (Dr.) Jonathan Craig Taylor speaking at podium

Madigan Army Medical Center turned off its legacy computer system Composite Health Care System (CHCS) at a decommissioning ceremony on September 29, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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U.S. Africa Command Special Operations Forces Host Medical Civic Action Program in Ghana

Article Around MHS
10/4/2022
Military medical personnel with local children in Ghana

U.S. Army Civil Affairs members representing Special Operations Command Africa hosted a medical civic action program with Ghanaian soldiers from the 6th Infantry Battalion in Yendi, Ghana, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2022. The team oversaw the treatment of approximately 1,000 patients during the MEDCAP’s two-day duration.

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Reynolds Army Health Clinic Up to Speed After MHS GENESIS Implementation

Article Around MHS
10/3/2022
Military personnel at medical records service window

The DOD’s new EHR system, MHS GENESIS, allows patients to have full access to all their medical records under one system. All branches of service will have complete access to their medical records.

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Army Builds Tool to Save Lives at High Altitude

Article Around MHS
9/30/2022
Military researchers in the mountains of New Mexico

Mountain climbing is risky business. When unacclimatized individuals rapidly ascend to altitudes greater than 8,000 feet, they put themselves at risk for suffering from high-altitude illnesses. The addition of hard physical exercise, typical of a military mission, increases this level of risk. Detecting these illnesses prior to occurrence has the potential to save lives.

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Diversity in Health Care Focus of Hispanic Heritage Month Observance

Article Around MHS
9/28/2022
Hispanic Heritage Month graphic

“You can’t just talk the talk when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI),” said Army veteran, Dr. Jennifer Peña. “You have to put that talk into action, and walk the walk.” Pena, a former physician in the White House Medical Unit under both the Obama and Trump administrations, shared these sentiments during an online panel discussion in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 16.

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Air Force Advisory Squadron Medics Strengthen Capabilities of Allies, Partners

Article Around MHS
9/28/2022
Military personnel conduct trauma training

Medical capabilities within mobility support advisory squadrons are foundational to security cooperation activities that strengthen national defense and strategic relationships. An MSAS has 60 air advisors, including a flight nurse, an independent duty medical technician, and an aeromedical evacuation technician.

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Suicide Prevention Draws Awareness at Madigan

Article Around MHS
9/27/2022
Command Sgt. Maj. Albert Harris speaking at Madigan Army Medical Center

The numbers shock and offend the senses – roughly one active duty service member ends their life each day; add in Reserve and National Guard components and the number rises to an average of 1.5 per day. Madigan Army Medical Center’s Department of Behavioral Health hosted a National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month event on September 22, to raise awareness among the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., community and honor those who have passed.

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MHS GENESIS ‘Goes Live’ at Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Branch Health Clinics Jacksonville, Key West, and Mayport

Article Around MHS
9/26/2022
Military personnel pose for picture at NBHC

Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville and Naval Branch Health Clinics (NBHC) Jacksonville, Key West, and Mayport have officially launched the Military Health System’s new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS.

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Eglin Hospital transitions to new health records system

Article Around MHS
9/23/2022
MHS GENESIS

The 96th Medical Group goes live with the Defense Health Agency's new health record system here Sept. 24.

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